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Most of the effects are felt not only in-terms of lack of diversified livelihoods but also in-terms of poor shelter conditions as well as not having resources to ensure that children are able to finish school  and are able to access tertiary education. All efforts of the traditional peace-committee to mediate a peace process ended always just after a short period of time and the fights erupted again. The office of the Premier requested SINANI to assist in organizing a “Cleansing Ceremony”. It is an event aimed at calming down the spirits of the dead and built up a climate for settlement through this ceremony. 


The two parties including the affected families met to finally break the deadlock of war to make peace possible. Masses of people arrived from all communities surrounding Vulindlela district to join the ‘big ceremony’. Umbumbi (Zulu-warriors)arrived dressed in skin, with spears and shields and women in colorful traditional dresses with strings of pearls around their hips and decorated heads appeared for the huge ceremony. “Where there is war there is no development possible – let us put down the weapons and work together for economical development” the Zulu monarchy king Zwelithini urged his people in his speech. The engagement of SINANI in KwaZulu Natal has built conditions for peace building processes in the KwaZulu Natal Communities. This “Cleansing Ceremony” had been the third and biggest ceremony that was coordinated by SINANI. Its character had been exemplary not only for the reconciliation of the people of KwaZulu Natal it would be recognized as an example for peace building in South Africa and also on the whole African continent.

Karin Spieler WFD and Karin Bleiss WFD (Weltfriedensdienst)

 

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“These experiences were not meant to break us. They were given to us in order that we might be strengthened. It is the same boiling water that hardens an egg and softens a carrot.”- Sinani participant
“ The peace that we have experienced here today is remarkable. If only Sinani could have been here two decades ago – think of all the lives that could have been saved.”- Leadership forum member
“I wish to die here at the Sinani offices – the way people care for you when you are not feeling well.”- Person living with Aids
“We will no longer be known as the Beirut of Durban, thanks to Sinani.”- Leadership forum member
“I live next to an area where many people were killed. Every night I was woken by the voices and screams of those people. But the day after the ceremony the voices were quiet and have been at rest every since.” - Leadership forum member
“I wish to die here at the Sinani offices – the way people care for you when you are not feeling well.”- Leadership forum member
“I live next to an area where a lot of people were killed. I used to wake up hearing voices outside, but when I went out there was no-one. The day after the cleansing ceremony it was quiet and I have not heard the voices anymore.” - Richmond community member

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